Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Zoning and activities

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements

Until a management plan comes into effect transitional arrangements apply.

  • Under the transitional arrangements, there are NO CHANGES ON THE WATER for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserves estate.
  • NOTE: There are no changes to management arrangements in the marine reserves that existed prior to the establishment of the new reserves, that is, the same restrictions on activities will continue to apply even where those reserves have been incorporated into new reserves.

Zoning and activities allowed in new reserves

Six types of zones are represented within the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network:

  1. Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II)
  2. Recreational Use Zone (IUCN Category IV)
  3. Habitat Protection Zone (IUCN Category IV)
  4. Habitat Protection Zone (Lord Howe) (IUCN Category IV)
  5. Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI)
  6. Special Purpose Zone (IUCN Category VI)

Until a network management plan is in effect, there are no 'on-the-water' changes for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate.

Zoning scheme

The zoning scheme provides general advice on zoning and allowed activities that will apply once a managment plan comes into effect.

Overview of Zoning Scheme for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network (PDF - 157.23 KB)
Overview of Zoning Scheme for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network (DOC - 279.5 KB)

Activities allowed in former reserves

Information on transitional management arrangements and activities allowed in the areas of the four former Commonwealth marine reserves within the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network is available on the individual reserve pages:

Approvals for activities within new areas

Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for all new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserves network in the Temperate East.